Just finished this book. Overall really good. It wasn't perfect and some slow parts but at the same time I think it's worth a read, especially for any who plans to watch Rebels.
Some interesting points regarding changes in canon:
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The most obvious one is Depa Billaba. The events of Shatterpoint are officially shattered in NewU. I think this might have been a statement change. Shatterpoint is one of the more respected novels, especially from the PT era. So it's a recognizable change to say "yes, we are changing things." As much as Shatterpoint is probably in my top 5 of Legends novels, I'm strangely okay with this. There were a few other references to changing what's at film-level canon (not the subtlest was the constant quote of "Forget the old way.") But I think it was all handled with respect.
Sloane is an interesting one. She's a she. (And if I remember correctly she's black?) And she's named Captain of a Star Destroyer and the end and no one cares that she's a woman. (Or not white. Not that racism among humans was brought up much before but the Empire was rather monotone before.) So, is it really just that she proved herself or is the Empire going to be less bigoted now in terms of humans? Or perhaps this is still early enough in the Empire's days that the sexism hadn't set in yet? But if things are different now it could open up speculation for roles in Ep 7.
Also, anyone think that there will be any film characters in this book? Perhaps we see an older Sloane or Chamas?
"To understand what happened at the diner, we use Mr. Papaya. This is upsetting because he is the friendliest of fruits. " Dr. Walter Bishop
"WHERE'S THE FIRE?! I've always loved that expression, which is curious since my lab assistant was killed in a fire."
- Walter Bishop